Vico, Metaphor, and the Origin of Language

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Indiana University Press, Sep 22, 1993 - Literary Criticism & Collections - 190 pages
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"... serious scholars of Vico as well as glottogeneticists will find much of value in this excellent monograph." -- New Vico Studies

"... a provocative, well-researched argument which might find reapplication in the fields of anthropology, semiotics, archeology, psychology or even philosophy." -- Theological Book Review

Danesi returns to the work of the 18th-century Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico to create a persuasive, original account of the evolution and development of language, one of the deep mysteries of human existence. The Vichian reconstruction of the origin of language is described at length, then evaluated in light of contemporary research in the cognitive, social, and biological sciences.

 

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Contents

A Brief Sketch
1
A Vichian Reconstruction
30
The Vichian Glottogenetic Scenario
60
The Iconicity and Visual Mimesis Hypotheses
83
The AudioOral Osmosis Hypothesis
105
The Metaphoricity Hypothesis
121
A Vichian Critique
143
REFERENCES
165
INDEX
187
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About the author (1993)

MARCEL DANESI is Professor of Semiotics and Italian at the University of Toronto. Among his previous books are Applied Psycholinguistics, Robert A. Hall and American Structuralism, and Loanwords and Phonological Methodology.

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